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Trip To Remember

Trip To Remember
May 14
10:45 2017

I was catching up on my sleep during my day-off when my editor Leone Cabenatabua called up and said I’ve been assigned to go to Kadavu the next day to cover the Vodafone Tiliva 7s rugby tournament.

Well! At first I felt it was too early for me to be going out of Viti Levu to cover an important assignment as I had just joined the Fiji Sun sports team for three months.

I was a little bit nervous and worried if I would be able to handle the workload. While other media outlets assigned reporters and photographers, I was told to do it alone, compile stories and take pictures.

So without taking time to sit back and decide, I readily agreed to take up the challenge and whispered to myself, ‘bring it on, you can do it Grace’

As a young journalist, going out to a remote island would be an opportunity to discover and learn a new world away from home.

I left in the MV Liahona on Wednesday April 26 with mostly male passengers and it took six hours to reach Kadavu.

Even though it was uncomfortable sleeping in a crowded place, I learn to adapt and understand the situation I was in as this was the experience islanders go through.

In the morning we stopped over at Kavala for two hours before we left for Tiliva Village which took us 45 minutes.

We were transported to the island by fibre boats which was fun and enjoyable.

With me on the trip were six journalists from other media organisations and we were billeted at the Tiliva Resort for the next two days.

The village environment is unique, it’s a totally different world pure, serene and the laid back lifestyle put you at ease.

The villagers provided traditional Fijian meals so delicious, mouth-watering and satisfying,

My favourite is boiled Ulavi (parrot fish) with vegetables and cassava.

Apart from experiencing the best hospitality from the villagers, tournament organisers were very cooperative in making sure all the possible assistance was provided to the media. This was in terms of providing internet access and power supply for us to be able to use our gadgets to file reports and send across to our editors in Suva.

Walking around in the soggy, damp ground condition, gathering information and taking pictures was a good experience and I enjoyed it so much.

I knew I had to do my best against seasoned journalists who were more experienced than men in covering rugby tournaments.

But I was glad that despite being alone I managed to compile my stories and pictures and send it in on time.

Lastly, when I got back in Suva I was happy to get positive feedbacks from my colleagues and most importantly my bosses who acknowledged me for doing a good job. My first trip to Kadavu to cover the Vodafone Tiliva 7s tournament was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life as a young journo keen to learn the knack of the trade.

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